Kobe Bryant Mural Covered Up by HBO Billboard in LA’s Fairfax District
An HBO billboard was discovered in a very prominent place: it covered up one of the many murals by the late star of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant.
The mural was located near The Grove in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. The HBO billboard was first shared on Twitter by Patrick Muldowney, senior director of social video at The Ringer.
The white mural doesn't even completely cover the Kobe mural. The golden “frame” of the mural protrudes from behind the billboard.
Where there used to be a Kobe mural, there is now an HBO billboard.
The Kobe painting is not even completely covered. https://t.co/vOj0AW8lr5 pic.twitter.com/vhpaUYzYqx
- Patrick (@muldowney), June 16, 2020
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Bryant and his teenage daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26, along with seven others. The group was on their way to basketball training at Bryant's Mamba Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks. He survived from his wife Vanessa and three other daughters: Natalia, 17; Bianca, 3; and Baby Capri.
Shortly after his death, murals and other honors appeared quickly throughout Los Angeles, and many have remained unaffected in the past few weeks of protests against police brutality. Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers in his hometown, won five championships, and was very popular across the city.
Muldowney's tweet was mocked by HBO and WarnerMedia for choosing to cover up Bryant's mural with an advertisement. As you can see in the picture, the edges of the wall painting are not completely covered. TheWrap contacted WarnerMedia to check if they had commented on the placement of the billboard, but the company did not respond immediately.
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